I agree. If there's nothing else your current GI can do, he's incompetent and not up to the last decade in IBD treatment. There is a whole lot more that can be done. Prednisone is okay in short bursts to bring a flare under control, but is absolutely not an appropriate maintenance drug. In the long run, it will hurt you far more than it helps.
There are oral 5-ASA's (Asacol, Colazal, Lialda, Pentasa), immunosupressants (Azathioprine, 6-MP), and other medications beyond those.
Oh, and you'll rarely see me calling a healthcare provider incompetent, but in this case I think it's the only appropriate term. Find a new GI doctor ASAP.
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal, Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
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